Crutchlow looking for improvements at Portimao test

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Cal Crutchlow has told MCN that he is still looking for significant improvements with his factory Yamaha R1 at this week’s official WSB test at Portimao.

The 2009 World Supersport champion who has been fast from the moment he stepped back onto the Superbike maintains that the bike needs to become easier to ride.

Speaking to MCN he said:  “I’m hoping that the bike can get better because it’s not that easy to ride at the moment.

"I know bike racing isn’t supposed to be easy, but I want it to be as comfortable as it can be, that way I can get on it from the first lap.”

In his two tests to date at Portimao and Valencia at the end of 2009, Crutchlow used one of Ben Spies’ bikes and one from Tom Sykes.

For the latest round of testing the 24 year old will have two brand new 2010 bikes at his disposal.

He said: “I know what I need from the bike and last year it took about four races to get it. So far I haven’t found the right feeling at all, but we’ve got a lot to test in Portugal and I’m looking forward to it.”

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider